WINDS FROM THE SEA. EXCEPTIONAL Early Fish Weathervane.
Likely J. W. Fiske
New York City, ca. 1870.
Form. Surface. Size.
Copper, with a complex weathered surface that has taken on a beautiful verdigris color while retaining a good amount of gilding and sizing. As weathervanes were of critical importance for centuries to foretell changes in weather, they also become an important American sculptural art form. The best examples, like this scarce full-bodied fish, have appealing sculptural design AND retain an authentic surface that reflects the environmental conditions that led to the aesthetic.
Note the balance of top and bottom fins, the graceful flowing lines of the body into the flared and corrugated tail, the repousse eyes, and that dramatic mouth.....
Dated 1776 Revolutionary War Soldier’s Pocketbook
Wool needlework, stitched with the name I(J)AMES BOYSE LONDONDERRY. (NH) (17)76. Research shows that James Boyse of Londonderry enlisted to serve in the American Revolution on November 14, 1776. It is unknown if Boyse carried this pocketbook with him in battle, regardless it is a rarely found object created in that historic year that we can link definitively to a Revolutionary War soldier.
Beebox in Crackly Bittersweet Paint.
Northeast, ca. 1820-1840. Original very dry, highly patinated and crackled bittersweet paint on softwood, retaining glass window. While this form is typically called a queen bee carrier, its more likely use would have been a bee hunting box. Pollen and honey were placed in the box as bait to attract and capture feral bees. Once released, the beekeeper would watch which way the bees flew as they always flew in a straight line back to their hive. (That's where the saying "make a beeline" came from.) .....
Nest of Three Painted Bowls
Northeast, ca. 1800-1840. Nice assembled grouping. Lathe-turned, the largest a subtle beehive. All in original paint on pine or other soft wood, two very dry of oxblood red, and mustard, respectively, and a the smallest that appears like a darkened yellow pigmented over-varnish. All with strong shrinkage across the grain (oval) and footed. Nested the bowls have an appealing 3D-presence. Structurally all excellent condition without cracks. Diameters about 7 to 7 ½; 6 to 6 5/8; 5 ½ to 6 1/6 inches. Desirable as is, and would be enjoyable to add to (above and below). Private Northeast collection.
Primitive Paint Decorated Sliding-Lid Box of Low Profile....sale pending
Probably New England, ca. 1820-1840.
Original paint of black swirls on russet ground, on what appears to be pine or basswood. Likely held candles. Sliding lid that fits into dados. Faint inscription underneath that reads: “Made about 1840”. About 10 5/8 inches long 4 3/8 wide x just 2 inches tall.
EXCEPTIONAL Anniversary Tin Fan
American, ca. 1860. During the second half of the 19th century, the tenth, or "tin" anniversary was one of great celebration. Whimsical gifts fashioned from tin were often presented to the married couple, made by professional tin smiths. This lady’s fan is beautifully smithed with folds that alternate in and out. In exceptional condition with perfect dry surface.....custom-fitted stand. Including stand about 21 inches tall.